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Rosie the Riveters & Supporters Start Work To Pull America Together Again
Washington, D. C. meeting brings together lawmakers, veteran affairs and non-profits for plan of action on remembering the contributions of Rosie The Riveters
July 16, 2015 11:00-4:00 (Working lunch provided, 12:00-1:00)
1233 20th St., NW, Washington, DC (Interface Media Group, Conference Rm)
Stephen Sluss, Esq., 304-389-3190;
Anne Montague, Founder & Dir., Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc., 304-776-4743;
Three Rosie the Riveters - women did “men’s work” during World War II - will meet in Washington with a dozen supporters to help plan the launch of the Rosie the Riveter Movement. Federal agencies, Rosies’ families, nonprofits, and historians will attend. The event is organized by Thanks! Plain and Simple, a nonprofit organization, that as developed and testes projects and educational methods to guide wide public participation to work with Rosies to show the value of women in pulling people together when the cause is great. The theme is: “We will pull together again. Are you participating?”
Anna Hess helped make large truck tires in Akron; June Robbins drafted ship parts in Philadelphia, and Elsie Arnold riveted airplanes in Baltimore. They tell fascinating stories of how Rosies’ work was critical to winning the war, but they also show that Rosies’ strengths have given more. Hess said, “The three of us represent many hundreds of living Rosies whose work for freedom needs to be better known in order to understand the fuller story of the war and how America answers the call. Our exacting, hard work pioneered the women’s movement, and many Rosies nurtured soldiers wounded in body, mind and spirit – in short women have worked behind the scenes throughout history. I’m relieved to have ways to speak up now. As I educate myself, other Americans, our Allied Nations and women everywhere, I also show that older people count. Our message is, “We pull better when we pull together.” Americans need to pull together again around something that is unarguably right and beneficial.
In 2009, Anne Montague, founder of “Thanks!”, realized that, “Interviews are necessary; yet, they’re often forgotten on museum shelves.“Thanks!”
Bill Bonnett, retired US Navy Captain, has followed “Thanks!” and its Rosie the Riveter Program from its inception. He says, “It’s extremely late in Rosies’ lives, so we must seize this precious moment to help Rosies leave their vital legacy. To guide people, ‘Thanks!’ has created: a) 18 projects with Rosies which are being replicated by others (e.g. to write original music, name bridges and buildings “The Rosie the Riveter”, plant trees, create parks); b) several educational tools (e.g., lesson plans, documentary film, and questions for interviews), c) an award system for those doing model work. Unless the public and Rosies know each other and work together fast and well, the powerful, deeply human stories and goals of these fascinating women will be lost. It’s not about what we can do–we can do it; it’s about giving people tools, guidance and inspiration, so we will do it, and do it together.
As many Rosies worked on the home front as men fought in combat diromg WWII.
Anne Montague, a Rosie’s daughter, is a native West Virginian who worked nationwide and in Japan. Her experience includes: social science research, project creation/management, and new-venture creation.
A recent notable success: Thanks!
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